Kathy & Andrew’s Cool and Casual Stockroom Raleigh Wedding
Welcome to another brand new week everyone! Today’s wedding is chock full of love, laughter, and playful moments — including a sneak-up-and-bite attack by the groom during their pictorial + a spontaneous game of bridal party-basketball. Kathy and Andrew, who describe themselves as “quirky and goofy” had a celebration that was a combination of their varied interests so there was no specific theme but as you’ll see in a bit, it totally worked because their personalities shone through brilliantly. In keeping with the carefree tone, they chose a relaxed urban venue, The Stockroom at 230 in Raleigh as the backdrop of their laid-back event.
The awesome photos are courtesy of the always fabulous Carolyn Scott Photography and if you’ve seen her previously featured work + read her interview, you’ll know that she was a PERFECT fit for this fun couple. I always LOVE her refreshingly unique submissions and this wedding is definitely no different! Here’s Carolyn to give us a little backgrounder on the event:
They both live in Chicago now but met on Match.com in Raleigh. Andrew does architecture work and Kathy’s in marketing. They both are SUPER goofy and hilarious… both really nice people. The bridal party was out of control (in a good way) and afterward they went to their favorite nightclub spot, Neptune’s, to play a fierce game of ping pong in complete wedding attire.
What I showed you above is just a TEASER of how crazy (in a good way) things are about to become. Check out their first look below.
See what I mean? And here’s what the wrote when I asked them to describe one another:
Kathy – creative, funny, compassionate, beautiful, goofy
Andrew – super smart, thoughtful, ridiculous, funny, dashing
We’re both goofy/quirky people, and have pretty varied interests. Our wedding was basically a mash-up of all the little things we liked that were in almost no way coordinated, but magically we pulled it off and everything came together.
From this point on I will let the lovely Kathy take us through her wedding details + how they made their wedding their own:
While the groomsmen wore the same outfit, my bridesmaids all wore different colors. I assigned each bridesmaid a certain color, and told them to find any chiffon dress in that color that they liked, and to accessorize however they wanted. The variaton of colors and styles was beautiful, and no one was stuck wearing a dress that didn’t flatter them.
We didn’t have a theme, but as we were planning we focused on things that we both liked, keeping it simple, and trying to make it a fun event for our guests.
I found some old windows in a warehouse, and painted the panes with chalkboard paint. We used the windows in lieu of programs, and wrote out the entire ceremony on one, while on the other two we drew our bridal party as stick figures. We meant to put actual pictures of people on the window panes but we ran out of time, but the stick figure drawings ended up being charming.
Andrew designed a pergola for us to get married under, which his dad built and painted for us. It filled the space perfectly, and created a nice focal point in the venue.
Our wedding was pretty casual – we didn’t go overboard with decorations or the little things. Keeping it simple helped us to keep our sanity, and allowed us to enjoy the planning process more than we expected.
In the South, it’s common to have a special grooms cake, which normally is a surprise from the bride and has more personality than the wedding cake. Andrew is an architect and he loved playing with Legos when he was younger (and probably still would), so I worked with our baker to create a Legos groom cake in Andrew’s favorite colors: orange, lime green and gray. It was a huge hit with Andrew and all of our guests.
Advice from the adorable couple:
Find a venue that really peaks your interest. It’ll be the backdrop for everything that happens and everything that gets photographed, including the mental images you hold onto after it’s all over.
I’d also recommend trying not to get too overwhelmed by external pressures. It’s really easy to feel like you are doing things wrong - I continually felt like I wasn’t being a “good bride,” whatever that means - but at the end of the day, it truly is just about you and your future husband celebrating this wonderful rite of passage together. Remembering this helps to keep everything in perspective.
Huge thanks Carolyn for sending this delightful wedding my way, and congratulations Kathy and Andrew! Here’s wishing you guys a lifetime of wedded bliss!
Photographer: Carolyn Scott Photography
Ceremony and Reception Location: The Stockroom at 230, Raleigh, NC
Officiant: Rev. Lynne Campbell
Cake: Tizzerts, Charlotte, NC
Caterer: Side Street Restaurant
Hair: Jessica Edelblute
Makeup: Esther Wallace
Lighting: Peelman Productions
Transportation: My Bus
Wedding dress: Victorian Rose (designed by David Tutera)
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